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    Default Use Year Query

    Hi all

    I have a query on use years and am hoping someone can help. If Iím looking at coming over to the Florida annually September/ May (more likely Sept) what sort of use year should I be looking at?. Itís the only aspect of DVC that Iím not really understanding, for example if I bought a resale contract where I get my next lot of points in March 19 could I still book at my home resort at the 11 month point and my points come out in March or would I only be able to make the booking once the points are in the account?

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    Stuart

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    Use year really doesn't matter much, ultimately.

    You can always book based on what points will be available when you arrive. If you will get points in March of 2019, you can book for September 2019 using those points as soon as your booking window opens (October 2018 for home resort, February 2019 for other resorts). DVC 'knows' that the points are coming and will let you use them accordingly.
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    Here is what TimK writes about Use Year on the DVC News Main Page https://dvcnews.com/index.php/dvc-pr...-for-beginners :

    What is a Use Year? The Use Year is simply the 12-month period over which an owner can USE his/her points.
    Every DVC contract has an assigned Use Year. An owner with a February Use Year will receive 2017 points on February 1, 2017. The are valid for stays from 2/1/2017 through 1/31/2018.
    An owner with a June Use Year can use the 2017 points for stays between 6/1/2017 and 5/31/2018.
    No one Use Year is inherenly better than another. However common wisdom states that the best Use Year for an individual is one which immediately precedes dates on which they typically travel. An owner who frequently visits during summer months may want to buy a June Use Year. An owner who takes frequent fall trips should consider September or October.
    Selecting a Use Year which precedes frequent travel dates allows for maximum flexibility in the event of a cancellation. The points would not be in danger of expiring, thus allowing for a reschedule or banking of the points.

    Potential owners who travel during many different times of the year will probably not see a benefit in one Use Year over another.
    I would suggest an April Use year as there aren't any May Use years. The reason I say April is because it gives you the most flexibility if you should cancel a reservation. With an April use year even a September reservation is within the banking deadline since September is 6 months after April and the banking deadline is 8 months after the use year begins. So with an April UY the banking deadline would be November 30th.

    But as the years go by your travel plans change and suddenly you find you are not traveling in either September or May but in January and your use year no longer helps you with banking points from a cancelled reservation.
    Last edited by denlo; 08-22-2018 at 01:56 PM.
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    Thank you for your replies, theyíre really helpful!

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